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Friday, June 15, 2012

Lovestruck Giveaway Hop!

Love-struck: (adjective) having a passionate or overwhelming feeling of love; smitten
Is there a book or a series that you have read which has left you completely smitten? A hero/heroine that makes other heroes/heroines pale in comparison to the feelings you have for your “true” love? Are you left feeling dissatisfied because there is just nothing else that can compare?

We want to you share this special character or book/series with us and your followers. Tell us about them: share pictures, passages, quotes, excerpts, etc. Then offer that book as a giveaway to share the love. We all want the chance to be besotted, carried away, and/or charmed. So, introduce us to that special character that has left you love-struck.

My Lovestruck Choice:

Z S A D I S T!

Ever since I read his story, I fell hard for the tortured vampire. I just can’t get enough of his story. Check out my review for Lover Awakened!

In every book series, there is always that ‘one’ book which stands out to a reader as being their favorite, and Lover Awakened is it for me as I am completely enthralled by the tragic story behind the most feared of all the Brothers – Zsadist.

Lover Awakened tells of Zsadist’s past as a blood slave and how his twin brother, Phury, saves him from captivity. However, as the years pass, both brothers create an entirely different prison for themselves as neither one can let go of the guilt their torrid pasts have branded them with.

Then comes Bella, the beautiful aristocratic vampiress who is inexplicably drawn to Zsadist. Throwing caution to the wind, she pursues him, feeling she can rid Zsadist of the ghosts of his past.
Phury, Z’s brother, tells Bella that his twin is not broken, but ruined and she is fighting a losing battle. But there is another side to Phury’s caution as well as he - who has taken a vow of celibacy – finds himself attracted to Bella. Every time she is around him, he can’t seem to control his feelings for her.

So begins the love triangle between them – though Bella makes it very clear – Zsadist is the one she wants. Zsadist, coping from his experiences as a blood slave and the disfiguring scars adorning his face, can’t fathom why Bella would pick him over his handsome and perfect brother. At every turn, he tries to steer Bella to Phury, and Phury seems to be caught in the middle.

Throw in a demented lesser, O, who’s also obsessed with Bella and who had kept her in captivity for 6 weeks before Z and the Brothers rescued her, and you’ve got an action packed plot that always keeps you guessing and wanting more.

But the best part of this book was Bella’s patience with Zsadist and how she works through his walls to get him to love her. The love scenes were amazingly hot and heartbreaking at times since we learn Zsadist has never allowed himself sexual pleasure or release due to his past captivity. We also get to experience the famous female ‘needing’ period and Zsadist more than comes through for Bella! *fans self*

There was only one low moment for me in this book as one of the Brother’s shellans is killed by O, and by the end of the book, the Brother is nowhere to be found. So heartbreaking! *sobs*

But besides that, Lover Awakened was perfect and the ending made me cry at seeing the changes Bella made in Zsadist’s life. We meet a completely different Z at the end, and I burst in tears when he wrote the note to Bella telling her that he loved her! *bawls* Lover Awakened is definitely one book I will always look forward to re-reading – I loved it!


Zsadist was quiet as he stole back into his room. After he fixed the thermostat and put the medicine on the bureau, he went over to the bed and leaned against the wall, staying in the shadows. He became suspended in time as he loomed over Bella and measured the slight rise and fall of the covers that marked her breathing. He could feel the minutes dripping into hours, and yet he could not move even as his legs grew numb.

In the candlelight he watched her skin heal right in front of his eyes. It was miraculous, the bruises fading from her face, the swelling around her eyes draining away, the cuts disappearing. Thanks to the deep sleep she was in, her body was throwing off the damage, and as her beauty was revealed once again, he was so damned grateful. In the lofty circles she ran in, a female with imperfections of any kind would be shunned. Aristocrats were like that.

He pictured his twin's unmarred, handsome face and knew Phury should be the one taking care of her. Phury was perfect savior material, and it was obvious he was into her. Plus she would like to wake up to a male like that. Any female would.

So why the hell didn't he just pick her up and put her in Phury's bed? Right now.

He went over to his pallet and realized he was curiously tired. Exhausted, actually. As he stretched out on the floor, his leg throbbed like a bitch.

God, he'd forgotten he'd been shot. He stripped out of his shitkickers and pants and willed a candle to light beside him. Cocking his leg around, he inspected the wound on his calf. There was both an entrance and an exit hole, so he knew the bullet had passed through. He'd live.

He extinguished the candle with his breath, draped his pants over his hips, and lay back. Opening himself up to the pain in his body, he became a basin for the agony, catching all the nuances of his aches and stings- He heard an odd noise, like a small cry. The sound was repeated, and then Bella began to struggle on the bed, the sheets rustling as if she were flailing around.

He shot up from the floor and went around to her, just as her head tilted toward him and her eyes opened. She blinked, looked up at his face... and screamed.

A female scream ripped into the lobby, as if the sound were alive and had taken a nosedive off the balcony.

Phury's spine turned to ice. Bella.

He bolted up to the second floor and pounded down the hall of statues. When he threw open Zsadist's door, light spilled into the room and the scene was instantly carved into memory: Bella on the bed, cowering against the headboard, sheets clenched to her throat. Z crouched in front of her, hands up, naked from the waist down.

Phury lost it and launched himself at Zsadist, grabbing his twin by the throat and throwing him against the wall.

"What is wrong with you!" he yelled as he crashed Z into the plaster. "You fucking animal!"

Z didn't fight back as he was slammed again. And all he said was, "Take her away. Take her somewhere else."

Rhage and Wrath burst into the room. Both started talking, but Phury couldn't hear anything for the roar between his ears. He'd never hated Z before. Had cut his twin slack for all he'd endured. But going after Bella...

"You sick fuck," Phury hissed. He nailed that hard body to the wail once more. "You sick fuck... God, you disgust me."

Z merely stared back, his black eyes like asphalt, opaque and flat. Suddenly Rhage's massive arms clamped around them, gathering them up into a bone-crushing bear hug. In a whisper, the brother said, "Bella doesn't need this right now, boys."

Phury dropped his hold and pushed himself free. Yanking his coat back into place, he snapped, "Get him out of here until we move her."

God, he was shaking so badly he was almost hyperventilating. And the anger wouldn't quit, even as Z left voluntarily, with Rhage tight on his heels.

Phury cleared his throat and glanced at Wrath. "My lord, will you give me leave to attend to her in private?"

"Yeah, I will." Wrath's voice was a nasty growl as he headed for the door. "And we'll make sure Z doesn't come back for a while."
So heartbreaking! Poor Zsadist was shot and didn’t care to tend to his wounds as his main priority was Bella! *sobs* And then everything goes to hell and everyone thinks Zsadist did something wrong! *sobs*

I love this book – it will bring you to tears and make you witness to the true power of love. It’s a DEFINITE MUST READ, and it’s also a

Don’t waste your chance to snag this book as your own. Enter our contest and win an e-book of Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward. Get Lovestruck!

All you have to do is:
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3) Leave a Comment on who is your favorite fictional character who’s got you Lovestruck!

Contest ends June 29. Good Luck!

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Thanks to Bona Fide Reflections and Under The Covers Book Blogfor hosting this blog hop. Click on the Blog Hop Button for a complete list of participants.



  1. GFC: DeeDee Griffin
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

  2. Thanks for hosting
    emily.heisler @ gmail.com

  3. I'm a GFC follower :) LOVE the Brotherhood series - I am a huge fan of Rhage.

    brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  4. Love Rhage, too! So glad y'all like the contest! Thank you so much for dropping by and entering. Good luck, everyone :)

  5. This is a Facebook Contest, so make sure you include your Facebook name. Don't get your entry disqualified :)

  6. Mac and Jericho Barrons are some of my favorite characters.


  7. Oooo, Master Z of the Shadowlands series, he was so good, i had to finish the whole series!
    lena o.
    perfektlys @ yahoo. com
    I am following on facebook, email and rss feed.

  8. ok you can have Z but I want V. LOVED this whole series to include the two novellas.

  9. Oh, loved Z, too.
    I´ve just read Winter of the Wolf by Cherise Sinclair and Zeb (another Z?! =) ) and Shay were a great shifter team *happy sigh* i´d love to be protected by them. Glad they got a HEA with Breanne in the end.

  10. All the men of the BDB have me lovestruck but if I had to choose the first one it would be Wrath... thanks for the giveaway!

  11. GFC follower, I love Z too but all the BDB's struck me in the heart in some way.

    I'm following GFC, facebook, Network

  12. I am following you by facebook, twitter, email..etc...
    I love JR Ward and all of the Brothers!

  13. I love the BDB!! I love Z too(all the brother really) but Rhage really gets my blood flowing!! ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I follow by email,Facebook,GFC, and Twitter


  14. GFC Follower, also following on facebook.


  15. GFC follower (areeths)

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

    Awesome giveaway!!!

  16. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Linky/GFC/Twitter - Mary @SweepingMe

    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

  17. Following by email dustykattc@hotmail.com
    facebook Miranda Wood
    pinterest dustykatt
    google + dusty katt
    GFC dusty katt
    linky dustykatt
    network blogs dustykatt

    and I'm liking Sparhawk - just something about that man

  18. I love Brawn from Lauran Dohner's new species series.


  19. Following on GFC (Darlene)
    Linky Followers (Darlene's Book Nook)
    Facebook (Darlene's Book Nook)

    I'm maxxed out on Networked Blogs - I'm following 200 blogs and they won't let me follow any more! :(

    Zsadist is an excellent choice! I'm a BDB fan myself, and Z is one of my faves in addition to Rhage and Vishous. Love those bad boys! I've listened to the audiobooks, but I'd love to have ebooks!

    1. Forgot to leave my email:
      darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  20. I stalk every way possible!!

    I love the McKay men from the Rough Riders series. All of them!! My fav is Master Bennett.

  21. I follow by GFC as mimirose41209. Thanks for participating in the blog hop. I love to find new authors/series to add to my ever growing TBR list.

    mimirose41209 at hotmail dot com

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  23. I have many Heros that have left my love struck. One group is the Compton brothers form the Compass Brother series by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon
    GFC follower - Lisa G


  24. Curran from Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series.


  25. Thank you so much for the giveaway.
    One of the ways I follow is by GFC: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  26. Thanks so much for participating in the hop and for the great giveaway!
    I follow by:
    FB: Rhonda Dennis
    email: slinkydennis@yahoo.com
    Twitter: Rhonda Dennis
    Google: slinkydennis
    Linky: slinkydennis@yahoo.com
    Networked Blogs: slinkydennis

  27. I'm with ya...it's Zsadist for me too! ;)
    Following via:
    GFC: Barbara
    Linky/FB: Barbara Battaglia
    email: barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  28. Great contest - love me some Z!

    I follow thru email, Facebook, GFC too


  29. Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    GFC name - sweety


    Rafflecopter name - Rosemarie D

  30. GFC follower (isabelli3619)

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  31. That is heartbreaking! I wanted to stand up for Z in that excerpt. :(
    I have not yet read this series, but everyone raves about it and it is on my TBR. Thank you for the chance to read it. :)
    GFC ~ Tina B
    FB ~ Tina Becker
    trb0917 at gmail.com

  32. Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC - Sherry S.
    Linky - Sherry Strode
    email subscriber
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  33. Thanks for the giveaway!


    Thanks for chance to win!!

    I follow on facebook: Brenda Robbins-Leon
    twitter: @62Bonita
    Email: bbleon62@yahoo.com

    Thanks so kindly, Brenda

  35. I really need to read this series.
    GFC Marlene Breakfield

  36. I am not entering b/c I own and love this book, but I just wanted to say Great Choice! Zsadist is my fave of the BDB boys! Hot Hot Hot! If anyone has not read this book than you don't know what you are missing! :o)


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